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Providing support to individuals living with the effects of Brain InjuryProviding support to individuals living with the effects of Brain Injury

How to Support Your Family at Different Stages

People recovering from a brain injury go through stages. The levels of the Rancho Los Amigos Scale describe a person's recovery from a brain injury.

These levels are patterns that have been observed, however, it is important to note that each person will recover differently.

People with brain injury:

  • may not pass through all levels
  • may skip levels
  • may never be at the lower levels or may never reach the upper levels
  • do not usually move quickly and clearly from one level to another

How much and how fast the person recovers are affected by many things, including:

  • type and severity of the injury and length of coma
  • other injuries/complications
  • age and general health.

Learn more about the Rancho Los Amigos Scale and suggestions for how families can support the person at each stage.

Rancho Los Amigos Scale

Levels of Recovery and How the Family Can Help